Thursday-Night-Feature: Open House Readytex Art Gallery

February 27, 2017 at 5:58 pm (Coming up, Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, Open House Readytex Art Gallery (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday March 02, 2017, 19:00-21:00 hrs

Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

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The Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) of Readytex Art Gallery for the month March is right around the corner. This upcoming TNF is planned according to a slightly different concept. This Thursday night will simply be a pleasant ‘Open House’ intended to give visitors the opportunity to stroll through the gallery at their leisure, thus allowing them to fully enjoy the new selection of works that the gallery team has put on display especially for this occasion. In order to enhance the visitor’s experience, most artists will also be present and available on this evening to speak with anybody who wishes to do so. 

As is customary, the ground floor of the gallery will display a mixed collection of artworks from all of the artists represented by Readytex Art Gallery. Therefore, those guests who find it difficult to navigate the stairs do not need to do so in order to enjoy a beautiful exhibition of artworks. All artists do however have work on display in a separate spot on one of the gallery’s other three floors. Readytex Art Gallery currently represents a group of 19 ambitious core and guest artists, whom collectively ensure that there is always a beautiful, stimulating and varied collection of art on view for the visitors.

At Readytex Art Gallery you will thus always find works of art from (in alphabetical order): Reinier Asmoredjo, Paul Chang, Leonnie van Eert, Kenneth Flijders, Shaundell Horton, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Rinaldo Klas, John Lie A Fo, Kurt Nahar, Sunil Puljhun, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, Xavier Robles de Medina, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, René Tosari, Steven Towirjo, Wilgo Vijfhoven and Hanka Wolterstorff. 

Readytex Art Gallery gladly invites everyone to visit the ‘Open House’ on the TNF of Thursday March 2nd. It is sure to become a leisurely evening filled with art and stimulating conservations for artists and art lovers alike. And who knows what else the night has in store; some interesting art discussions perhaps? We would like to encourage our guests to use this opportunity to speak with the artists whose work they are interested in. Barring a few, most of the artists living in Suriname will be present. And of course the team of Readytex Art Gallery will also be available for any questions or comments you may have.

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A recent picture with most of the Readytex Art Gallery core artists and team members

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Photo Exchange Suriname Greece

January 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm (Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, Photo Exchange Suriname Greece
When: Thursday February 03, 2017, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs) – exhibition February 03-11, 2017
Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

sufov_uitnodigingOn the second Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) of the year 2017 Readytex Art Gallery once again offers her visitors an interesting and different presentation, this time in a special collaboration with the Surinaamse Fotografen Vereniging (SuFoV) (on Facebook). On Thursday February 2nd Readytex Art Gallery (also on Facebook) will host a video exhibition of the photo exchange between SuFoV in Paramaribo and the Hellenic Photography Society in Athens, Greece. SuFoV was founded in 1993 and currently has approximately 50 members whom practice the art of photography professionally or as an amateur. The Hellenic Photography Society has it’s origins in 1952.

Both organizations are members of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) (on Facebook), an international organization with more than 85 member-countries. The FIAP aims to promote collaboration between photographers from different countries and to promote photography in general throughout the world. During regular contact between Greek and Surinamese FIAP liaison officers in June 2016, the idea for a photography exchange project was born. Suriname is mostly unknown amongst Greeks and the SuFoV members were immediately enthusiastic about the opportunity to portray their country in a positive way abroad. On Thursday February 2nd the video exhibition opens simultaneously in the photo gallery of the Hellenic Photography Society in the center of Athens, Greece and in Readytex Art Gallery in the center of Paramaribo, in Suriname.

The exchange offers photographers from both countries the opportunity to present their countries to viewers from another part of the world in a positive and creative way, through their work. At the same time they also get the opportunity to showcase their photographic skills on a broader international platform.
At the video exhibition in Suriname the digital photos of the Greek and Surinamese participants are shown on three specially installed television screens in Readytex Art Gallery. Everyone is welcome to join this interesting presentation. The doors of the gallery open at 7:00 pm and the presentation starts at 7:30 pm.
After the opening presentation on the TNF of February 2nd, the video exhibition of the photo exchange between SuFoV and the Hellenic Photography Society will remain on display in the gallery, although on one screen, up until Saturday February 11th.
The opening hours of the gallery are from Monday–Friday from 8:00am–4:30pm and on Saturday from 8:30am–1:30pm.

In addition to enjoying the video exhibition, guests at the TNF on Thursday February 2nd, can of course also take a moment to enjoy all of the visual artworks on display throughout the gallery. All floors are newly decorated with works of art selected from our storage by curator and visual artist Rinaldo Klas and the RAG team.

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Thursday-Night-Feature: presentation by René Tosari about syuru, also known as sorrel

January 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Coming up, Inspired, Thursday Night Feature) (, , , , , , , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by René Tosari about his fascination with syuru, also known as sorrel
When: Thursday January 05, 2017, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

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René Tosari, ‘The Beauty’, mixed media on canvas, 120x100cm, 2016

At Readytex Art Gallery the new year brings with it new possibilities and new challenges, and of course also a new series of Thursday-Night-Features to look forward to! Eager to kick things off for us in 2017 is Surinamese visual artist René Tosari. On January 5th, the first Thursday of the year, Tosari presents a new collection of artworks inspired by an interesting, somewhat unexpected theme. His new artwork has everything to do with a specific plant that the artist is currently fascinated with: sjoeroe or sorrel as the plant is called in the Caribbean.

Over a year ago René Tosari became interested in the fruit of the sorrel plant through a friend who is originally from Trinidad, David Michael. When the artist discovers that it is a very sturdy plant that multiplies easily and rapidly, and from which delicious and healthy tea or juice can be made, ideas start brewing in his artistic brain. David’s stories about the use of sorrel in traditional Caribbean culture as well as Tosari’s own childhood memories about the use of sorrel in Suriname strengthen his interest. The engagement shown in the earlier work of Tosari, especially in the 80’s with regards to socio-political and also agricultural subjects, seems to resurface as a result of his interest in sorrel.

The artist currently has plenty of sorrel plants growing in his garden and his home is always well stocked with sorrel tea. He eagerly hands out plants and fruit and his fascination with the plant has inevitably grown into a new art project. He has entered into a new phase in his art. In some of his new works the inspiration can be read from the canvas literally, but there are also a number of interesting abstract pieces in which the link with sorrel is not so obviously present.

Why and how Tosari became so interested in sorrel and how it has influenced his art, will be explained by the artist at the TNF on Thursday January 5th. He will be assisted in his presentation by David Michael who will briefly talk about the history and the use of sorrel in the Caribbean.

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René Tosari has a new website. Please click here.

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Eline Visser is in her first year of DIY Textile School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For her modules Contrast & Form, she does research and experiments collage techniques with paper and textile, during her stay in Boxel, Wanica, Suriname in December 2016-January 2017. Here is a Sranan Art Xposed Flickr album with the Project Syuru Sorrel Sjoeroe.

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From Wikipedia: “In the Caribbean, sorrel drink is made from sepals of the roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa). In Mexico, ‘agua de Flor de Jamaica’ (water flavored with roselle) frequently called ‘agua de Jamaica’ is most often homemade. It is prepared by boiling dried sepals and calyces of the sorrel/flower of Jamaica plant in water for 8 to 10 minutes (or until the water turns red), then adding sugar. It is often served chilled. This is also done in Saint Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago where it is called ‘sorrel’. (In Jamaica, it was introduced by Akan slaves in the late 1600s.) The drink is one of several inexpensive beverages (aguas frescas) commonly consumed in Mexico and Central America; they are typically made from fresh fruits, juices or extracts. Something similar is done in Jamaica but flavor is added by brewing the tea with ginger and adding rum, making a popular drink at Christmas time. It is also very popular in Trinidad and Tobago where cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves are preferred to ginger.”

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Making sorrel drink in the happy kitchen / PHOTO Marieke Visser, 2016

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‘Round & Around’, Reinier Asmoredjo, Readytex Art Gallery

November 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm (Exposed, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , )

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What: Round & Around, solo exhibition Reinier Asmoredjo

When: Friday November 18 thru Saturday 26, 2016. Opening hours: Monday thru Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm and on Saturday from 8:30am-1:30pm. Extra opening hours in the evenings on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of November from 7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

Reinier Asmoredjo believes that it is important, as a Surinamese artist, to create works with a clear Surinamese identity. That identity has indeed always been front and center in his work. Viewers of Asmoredjo’s work inevitably find themselves almost seduced by the warmth and the energy of the sun, the beauty of the Surinamese flora en fauna and the sensual allure of the Surinamese woman, portrayed so well on his canvasses.

The imagery in the collection is vibrant and colorful, recognizable, but in part also new, abstract, and at the same time also figurative. The familiar elements in the work of Asmoredjo, such as the sun, nature, flowers, fruit, birds, fish, and especially Surinamese women, are again the common thread throughout the work in his new collection. Important therein are the circles, as seen in the shape of the sun and now also as an extra visual detail at the end of the sun’s rays, and very importantly also in the rounded shapes of the female body. They symbolize fertility, the never-ending cycle of life; all the things that make the world turn around: Round & Around.

But in addition to circles, straight linear elements also play an important role in this new collection. Strong profiles with prominent lips, round breasts and derrieres are strengthened in image by elegant long stretched necklines, horizontally extended linear coiffures, and consciously applied lines and stripes. Finding the right balance between the abstract and the figurative is the challenge that Asmoredjo consciously and wholeheartedly takes on every time he sets to work. And he is usually quite successful! This is not really surprising, since each of the artist’s compositions is worked out meticulously in sketch before he even approaches the canvas. Abstract and figurative come together beautifully in a diverse and colorful collection of more than 30 paintings in various sizes. Vitality, beauty, strength and sensuality radiate from his canvasses in a typical and striking way.

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Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Morning Breeze’, acrylic on canvas, 47x74cm / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

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Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Sarong’, acrylic on canvas, 73x100cm / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

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Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Fon Ksaba’, acrylic on canvas, 100x152cm / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

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Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Reincarnation’, acrylic on canvas, 100x152cm / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

 

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‘Zwart glas’ [Black Glass], Glasmuseum, Leerdam

November 8, 2016 at 11:30 am (Coming up, Elsewhere, What's up?) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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What:Zwart Glas, Glasmuseum (Facebook)

When: November 11, 2016-March 12, 2017. Opening November 11, 2016, 15:00-17:00 hrs

Where: Glasmuseum (Facebook), Leerdam, the Netherlands

The world of Dutch and Leerdam glass has primarily been a ‘white’ part of history for almost 250 years. With the exhibition Black Glass this statement is made:’Black Art Matters’.
For the exhibition Black Glass guest curator Melvin Anderson selected four artists with a Surinamese background. Each of these ‘black achievers’ has earned his/her spurs in his own field. Brian Coutinho works with ceramics, jewelry designs by Chequita Nahar, Marcel Pinas is a visual artist and Harvey Bouterse makes fashion and ceramics.

Especially for Black Glass these artists have transformed their unique art style to glass; a new material to most of them. This has yielded extraordinary and diverse artworks which together form a powerful exhibition.

“We all share the same roots. Caribbean artists have their own approach to the arts, so I am confident that we can offer something completely new”, said Melvin Anderson.

The exhibition Black Glass will travel to the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and CBK Zuidoost, both venues in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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More exhibitions by Marcel Pinas:

San Mi Abi [What do I have left], an exhibition by Marcel PinasGalerie Patries van Dorst (Facebook), Landgoed de Wittenburg 3, Wassenaar, the Netherlands, November 13-December 6, 2016 / Vernissage: November 13, 2016, 14:00-18:00 hrs

San Mi Abi 2, Beddington Art Gallery, Bargemon, France, November 16-December 31, 2016

Miami Art Fair, Smith Davidson Gallery, Miami, USA, December 1-4, 2016

“Ondes imprévues” & “Turning tide”, Memorial ACTe, Guadeloupe, November 19, 2016-April 30, 2017

La Bienal De CUENCA, Equador, February 5-April 30, 2017

The Jamaica Bienal, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica,  February 27-May 30, 2017

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‘San Mi Abi’, Marcel Pinas, Galerie Patries van Dorst

November 8, 2016 at 10:28 am (Coming up, Elsewhere, What's up?) (, , , , , )

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What: San Mi Abi [What do I have left], an exhibition by Marcel Pinas

When: November 13-December 6, 2016 / Vernissage: November 13, 2016, 14:00-18:00 hrs

Where: Galerie Patries van Dorst (Facebook), Landgoed de Wittenburg 3, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

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More exhibitions by Marcel Pinas:

Zwart Glas, Glasmuseum, Leerdam, the Netherlands, November 11, 2016-March 12, 2017

San Mi Abi 2, Beddington Art Gallery, Bargemon, France, November 16-December 31, 2016

Miami Art Fair, Smith Davidson Gallery, Miami, USA, December 1-4, 2016

“Ondes imprévues” & “Turning tide”, Memorial ACTe, Guadeloupe, November 19, 2016-April 30, 2017

La Bienal De CUENCA, Equador, February 5-April 30, 2017

The Jamaica Bienal, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica,  February 27-May 30, 2017

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Kurt Nahar participates in ‘Eleven Voices’, Deering Estate, Miami

October 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm (Elsewhere, Exposed) (, , , , )

What: Eleven Voices, curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) (on Facebook) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate). Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.

When: October 8 through November 26,

Where: The Deering Estate, Miami, USA

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Eleven Voices is an exhibit that aims to incite a conversation about cultural struggle, memory and identity among contemporary artists. Co-curators Rosie Gordon-Wallace (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate) select works that reflect thematic inspirations from South African art and culture.

Eleven Voices features the works of emerging and renowned South African and international artists, many of which are on special loan from the collections of Diaspora Vibe (DVCAI), the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art, and Kathryn and Dan Mikesell of the Fountainhead Residency and are on view in Miami for the first time.

Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.

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Installed in the Stone House Wine Cellar, “Rituals of Commemoration” by Rosa Naday Garmendia ties into the ‘Eleven Voices’ exhibit theme of cultural struggle, memory and identity by paying tribute to victims of violence from 1972 through the present. Like acclaimed South African photographer Zanele Muholi, Rosa Naday Garmendia considers herself a visual activist with intent to unify a grief-stricken community. “I seek to engage a diverse audience, by highlighting and creating a safe space for the viewer to explore, wonder, be provoked, interpret, or find purpose and meaning in the issues our nation faces.” Rosa Naday Garmendia is a Cuban-American, Miami-based multidisciplinary artist exhibiting with Diaspora Vibe Gallery. Her work was recently featured in the exhibition Intersectionality at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami.

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Claudette Schreuders is a South African sculptor whose carved and painted wooden figures reflect the search for an ‘African’ identity in the post-apartheid era. Her sculpture is rooted in both Africa and Europe and she derives her inspiration from traditional Blolo and Colon figures of West Africa, medieval church sculpture, Spanish portraiture, and Egyptian woodcarving. Three lithographs on display in the Stone House second floor are on loan from the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art. Printed in a remotely located Mpumalanga, South Africa studio, Schreuders’ lithographs document her sculptures The Three Sisters. Many works in the Petra Mason Collection are available for sale during this special exhibition.

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Doro Nuyken – ‘Listen to my Colors’

October 4, 2016 at 11:13 pm (Exposed) (, , )

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What: Solo exhibition Listen to my Colors (Facebook) by Doro Nuyken

When: October 6 thru 8, 2016, 19:00-22:00 hrs

Where: De Hal, Grote Combéweg 45, Paramaribo,  +597 472 808, de.hal.dagg@gmail.comFacebook

In October we can visit Doro’s fourth solo exhibition in De Hal. Among her new work, we can also see paintings from earlier years. This exhibition will include ‘the life behind the art’ and will present a remarkable new dimension in experiencing art.

“Art is always alive.”

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‘get together 2’, 120x72cm, acrylic on canvas, 2012 / PHOTO Courtesy artist

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‘no title, 70x60cm, mixed media on canvas, 2016 / PHOTO Courtesy artist

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‘streams of color or mystical blue’, 100x100cm, mixed media on canvas, 2014 (sold) / PHOTO Courtesy artist

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‘vivus volare 2’, 90x90cm, mixed media on canvas, 2016 / PHOTO Courtesy artist

Doro Nuyken, born 1970 in Germany, moved to Suriname in 2007. Until then Doro lived for a few years in Saudi Arabia, where she took up painting again. Ever since she was a child, Doro loved to draw en paint. After starting with figurative painting she gradually moved to abstract painting. Doro is born in a creative family; both granddads were professional musicians and her mother used to draw really well.
Her first impression of Suriname was full of surprises. Coming from the polished and luxurious Saudi Arabia, Doro experienced the overwhelming nature and the sometimes raw, authentic urbanization in the urban arias. Though not capable of speaking Dutch, Doro was so pleased by the warm welcome of the Surinamese people, who were putting all the efforts of helping her out to navigate through her new environment.
Doro is an autodidact ‘pur sang’. She kept experimenting with her painting, but her work really accelerated after taking a workshop in 2011 with Christiane Middendorf. Very inspired and with growing self-confidence, Doro started to experiment with different techniques and styles. It lead to her first exhibition on the ‘Kunst- en Kijkroute’, organized by ‘Stichting Kokriki’. From that moment on, Doro participated in exhibition 2 to 3 times a year.
Almost everything can inspire Doro. Whether profound happenings in her life or in society, to seemingly very insignificant details in nature. Also little memories of youth, a smell, sound or image can inspire her. While painting Doro gets to a somewhat ‘Zen’-like state that separates her from time, place and even sometimes herself. Doro’s work is identified by different styles and techniques, but throughout her work her unique signature is recognizable. Her favorite material is pure paint and a wide variety of pigments. They can be applied in a beautiful and divers way and thus give a special feeling and effect. Beside the paint and pigments, Doro likes to experiment with raw materials, like concrete, structure paste and ink.
In October we can visit Doro’s fourth solo exhibition in De Hal. Among her new work, we can also see paintings from earlier years. This exhibition will include ‘the life behind the art’ and will present a remarkable new dimension in experiencing art. This of course will not be revealed until the 6th of October.

“Art is always alive.”

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Previous exhibitions

August 2011, Kunst- en Kijkroute, Paramaribo, Suriname

April 2012, first solo exhibition at Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname

November 2012, National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

March 2013, solo exhibition at Shewa Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

August 2013, Carifesta/National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

May 2014, solo exhibition at De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname

July 2014, participating in Fiesta del Fuego, Santiago, Cuba, with other artists from Suriname

November 2014, National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj talks about AiR in Paris, France

October 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm (Coming up, Meanwhile ..., Thursday Night Feature) (, , , , , , , )

tnf-d-1What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj about his artist’s residency in Paris, France (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday October 06, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

 

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The October Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) at Readytex Art Gallery is right around the corner. Just like the previous editions of the TNF, the public has yet another interesting presentation to look forward to this time around. On this Thursday October 6th, visual artist Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will share with guests present at the gallery, all that he has done and experienced during his recent artist-in-residence (AiR) period at Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) in Paris, France. This extraordinary opportunity that was awarded to Ramsamoedj was made possible by the Cité internationale des arts residency, the Embassy of France and L’Alliance française in Suriname, ‘DAC de Guyane’ in French Guyana and the local support of Readytex Art Gallery. On this AiR period Ramsamoedj was able to spend three eventful and artistic months in Paris, France. In his studio he created, as specified in his project proposal, a large Anansi spider based on the textile-technique of his well-known ‘flexible man’ figures. In Paris he presented his version of the mythical eight-legged figure from Suriname’s and French Guyana’s shared African heritage, as a symbolic ambassador for cultural unity. What was also immensely gratifying to notice from his frequent messages and photo reports was how intensely the artist was enjoying and experiencing the city of Paris. The experience turned out to be much more than just a residency. It became an adventure. It also became a meaningful introduction to a city and a culture. For all the details of his Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) residency and his Paris-experience you simply must be present at the TNF on this Thursday October 6th to hear it all from the artist himself. With the help of photographs, videos and the Anansi spider that he created in his Paris studio, Ramsamoedj will take you back to the countless special moments he experienced in Paris. In order to give a bit of a Parisian flair to this evening, we would like to suggest that all visitors add something to their outfits that is representative of Paris or France. Please note however, this is not a requirement, just a fun suggestion. So please join us for this upcoming TNF with Dhiradj Ramsamoedj on Thursday October 6th. Readytex Art Gallery will be open on this evening from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and the presentation of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will start at 7:30 pm.

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Photo Album on Facebook.

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‘A Reflex’, exhibition by Roosje Verschoor & Isidoor Wens

September 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm (Coming up, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , , , )

What: A Reflex (Facebook), art from Botopasi by Roosje Verschoor and Isidoor Wens. An exhibition about the beauty of plastic and the charm of clay
When: September 28 thru 30, 2016
Where: Stichting Surinaams Museum, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1701634583486028/

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Both artists have spent seven weeks at Art Center Botopasi (ARTCEB), in the interior of Suriname. They were two completely opposite ideas in progress, which followed each other like a response. The result can be seen in Botopasi, Paramaribo, Den Bosch and Amsterdam.

Roosje was inspired by what she saw in the community and explored the aesthetics of it. Her work comments on the large number of brightly colored plastic that she saw every day on the river, in the kitchens and on the heads of the women of Botopasi. She became fascinated by the amount of color and variety. She has tried to research the status and beauty of the plastic stuff. By examining the different possibilities of plastic she got the opportunity to show similarities between the two very different worlds of Amsterdam Botopasi.

Isidoor, who is immensely annoyed by all that plastic, tries to think back, to the time that his grandmother made clay plates. In protest he does not eat or drink from plastic plates or cups. He collected different kinds of clay and made sculptures. His images are inspired by the female torso, a form that has played a major role in his work throughout his career. This form, as well as the medium itself: clay, emphasizes the naturalness. The female form represents Mother Earth, but is also a symbol of fertility.

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